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Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Amritsar municipal corporation to file a status report on construction activities by the clubs inside the historically important Rambagh area of Amritsar.

Rambagh was the summer palace of legendary Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

“The counsel appearing for the Archaeological Survey of India as well as counsel for the Municipal Corporation, Amritsar, pray for and are granted further time to file a status report along with photographs and the details of entire area of all monuments depicting the constructions that have been raised by the clubs or any other authorities, as also the alterations that have been caused by the clubs in monuments of national importance,” the HC has ordered.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli of the high court passed these orders while hearing an ongoing plea filed by Amritsar Vikas Manch. The NGO has sought directions for removing concrete structures from the garden, including three clubs.

The matter has been adjourned for December 8 for further hearing.

Following the intervention of the HC, both ASI and MC had agreed to remove illegal constructions carried out within the monument area. The MC was to initiate the process of shifting these three clubs in a phased manner to some suitable place and to hand over the entire buildings to the ASI for better management.

The petitioner body, however, now claimed that even after a long time of the proposal both the parties have not adhered to the agreement.

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